This Is No Ordinary Coup
Monday, 8 March 2021
Since the Myanmar army staged a coup on February 1, Myanmar Now’s Chief Editor Swe Win has intensified communication with the journalists on the ground from his refuge in Australia to keep the world updated of what is happening in Myanmar. He said rumors of a coup had been swirling when the military made several political maneuvers to discredit the November 2020 general election results. Myanmar has now plunged into a crisis as the coup sparked nationwide protests and civil disobedient movement. Clashes between protesters and security forces have left scores of deaths and sent hundreds of protesters, activists and journalists behind bars.
FROM Australia where he has been taking refuge for the past year, Myanmar Now’s Editor-in-Chief Swe Win keeps monitoring his colleagues covering the nationwide protests against the military coup in Myanmar. They routinely communicate via Zoom and Signal. “I try to manage the newsroom as usual or even more than usual in these days,” said Swe Win, 41, in a special interview with Tempo on February 23.
Swe Win never thought that he...
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